Akron Children’s Hospital Recognizes ‘Champions’

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Akron Children’s Hospital of the Mahoning Valley recognized a number of local organizations who helped the hospital grow over the past year.

Tuesday’s event was the third year for the “Champions for our Valley’s Children” dinner celebration, which was held at The Lake Club in Poland. Clear Channel Radio was honored as this year’s champion for hosting the Miracles and Promises Radiothon for the past four years. The radiothon has raised more than $540,000 for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley programs and services.

The hospital also recognized 15 individuals and organizations with the “Children’s Advocate Award,” which recognizes individuals and organizations that exhibit the spirit of caring and are working to make a difference in the lives of children. The winners were nominated by members of the community and include:

  • Angels of Easter Seals
  • Courtney Cruz, a teacher at the Mollie Kessler School in Youngstown
  • Dunkin Donut Owners/Operators of the Mahoning Valley
  • Farmers National Bank
  • Marlene Hollander
  • Huntington Bank
  • Mahoning County Medical Society Alliance
  • Dominic and Jacqueline Marchionda, founders of the Rich Center for Autism
  • Mary Olesh, director of the Solace Center
  • Jacquetta Peoples, program manager for the Boys and Girls Club of Youngstown
  • Anthony Spano, founder of the Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley
  • Denise Stoneman, a certified pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Jeanette Tamulonis, inclusion teacher at Robinwood Lane Elementary School in Boardman
  • Brett Wilcox Benefit Golf Outing
  • YSU SMARTS (Students Motivated by the Arts)


5 individuals and organizations were also presented with the Children’s Advocate Award for their work with the hospital.

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